Pitt's keys to success for 2013 football season

By: Wayne Gilmore, Team Kong Editor
Aug 20, 2013

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August is such a great time for football fans.  For Pitt State football 2013 brings a ton of excitement and anticipation for Gorilla fans.  We have one of the top offensive players in d2 returning, and likewise have one of the top defensive players in the country.   Add in a ton of returning lettermen, and sprinkle in some newcomers the 2013 version of the Gorillas promises to provide a great product for the PSU faithful.
When Coach Beck was hired he promised his teams would have speed, and it seems each year he says this years team is the fastest team he has every coached.  Its sure does not hurt when All-American John Brown broke a school record in the 40-yard dash running a 4.27 this Spring!
Last year our offense was really good at times, but really struggled at times to run the football.  This year the Gorillas have a stable of young running backs like we have not seen in some time.  Our first TK poll of the season asks who will be our leading rusher in 2013.  Quarterback Anthony Abenoja is not one of the choices, but lets all hope he is able to effectively keep defenses honest with his feet. If he can do this, this version of the Gorilla offense should be very good.
Of course, All-American Nate Dreiling anchors our defense and he should have a very athletic, talented group around him.  In 2011 our defense featured senior defensive tackles with a lot of experience.  Last year, our tackles were young and inexperienced.  If our defensive line can have a great year, look out because our defense will be dominant.
So there you have it.  My two keys for 2013 success:  Our QB being able to effectively run enough to keep the defense honest, and our defensive line able to perform their duties at a high level. If we can do those two things well, even with our brutal October schedule, this will indeed be another season for the record books for Gorilla fans!

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